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Stevie Rennie

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #15 on: 18/03/2022 at 21:53 »
So my first venture out for a trout went with a bang, set up the recently acquired access 5wt midflex and gt125 to give it a whirl.
Started getting some decent line out and my fly (gold head damsel) got snagged mid river.

I lifted the rod and put a slight bit of a bend to give it a pull and ping 😳

Six casts in and back to the car we go.





Back to the near indestructible daiwa 5wt it is then.


Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #16 on: 18/03/2022 at 21:56 »
Oh bugger  *smiley-shocking*

James Laraway

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #17 on: 19/03/2022 at 06:08 »
Urgh.....

I once did that to  a spinning rod I had but I pulled way way too hard.

Sounds like you didn't pull hard and that the rod had a weakness ?

Fred Hay

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #18 on: 19/03/2022 at 06:12 »
What a bummer ...

Stevie Rennie

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #19 on: 19/03/2022 at 14:31 »
Sounds like you didn't pull hard and that the rod had a weakness ?

Yep, not the ideal start I had envisioned.
Who knows why but Id say it gave way before I even got the chance to put any real pressure on it. In 25 years of fly fishing and 2 snapped rods under my belt, it certainly surprised me. Obviously enough was applied for it to pop but no more than I would expect from playing a decent 3lber.

The most annoying thing is that I never even got enough line out to get a feel for the rod or line but can safely say I wont look to replace it with the same model.

Getting back on topic, the don was looking great, water crystal clear and a good height for wading but still a few degrees too cold for the trout to properly turn on.

Steven Kidd

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #20 on: 19/03/2022 at 17:10 »
I lifted the rod and put a slight bit of a bend to give it a pull and ping

Get yourself a glass rod! :-)

Steven

Stevie Rennie

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #21 on: 19/03/2022 at 17:31 »
Get yourself a glass rod! :-)

Steven

The seed of something like your bonnie Taniwha is sprouting ☺️

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #22 on: 20/03/2022 at 15:45 »
Managed to get out at lunchtime today.
A few LDOs starting to appear from around 1130 onwards



Covered what looked like a wee riser with a nymph as thats what was on and it proved to be a good fish to kickstart the season



Slim but acrobatic and a good strong fish.
There were a few fish rising from 1230-1330 and they were happy to pick off dries.
I sat and watched while a couple more came to the net


This was in decent condition apart from the bird marks.

So a lovely day to be out, even if the wind made things a bit tricky. Water temp was around 8 degrees so the last few days of sun seemed to have helped a little. Not bad having an hours rise on the 20th of March on the Don

Sandy

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #23 on: 20/03/2022 at 16:01 »
Great stuff Sandy  :z16

Steven Kidd

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #24 on: 21/03/2022 at 20:34 »
Awesome Sandy!

I'll be out just as soon as I get over the flu *smiley-sad*

Steven

Steven Kidd

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #25 on: 27/03/2022 at 19:07 »
And we're off the mark......

A quite unseasonal day today for March, three crackers all on the dry fly during a magic wee hatch of LDOs and March Browns.  Typically my phone was flat dead......but a nice chap watched me target and net this one, (typical it was the smallest,  *smiley-lol*)......and took this picture for me and sent it through.

Magical day.



Steven

Eddie Sinclair

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #26 on: 27/03/2022 at 19:28 »
Well done, good to get off to a good start.

Eddie

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #27 on: 27/03/2022 at 19:38 »
Great stuff Steven  :z16

Mick Reid

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #28 on: 07/04/2022 at 21:29 »
Im coming up to fish the Don later this month for the first time . Ive booked the Kemnay section but know nothing about it.  Can anyone give me any pointers about the section. Is it a decent bit of water?  I also cant seem to find a map of the section of river. Any help is much appreciated. TIA

James Laraway

Re: River Don 2022
« Reply #29 on: 07/04/2022 at 22:07 »
As in the kemnay angling club section? There are a few sections at kemnay....

 




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